The IDF is considering an algorithm for soldiers’ movements to improve their ability to survive in enemy-controlled areas, military sources said on Tuesday.
The algorithm would be based on a database that the IDF already has in place, a move that would have an immediate and negative impact on the soldier’s survival in such areas, they added.
The sources spoke on condition of anonymity to The Jerusalem post because they were not authorized to speak to the media.
The IDF is trying to establish a database to track the movement of soldiers across the country and is working with civilian and military agencies to build it, according to a Defense Ministry statement on Tuesday night.
The military is using the IDF’s Elta-Ephraim database, which is run by a group of researchers and is overseen by the IDF chief of staff.
The database tracks soldiers’ whereabouts and movements in areas of combat.
In the case of a war zone, such as in Gaza, where Israel is engaged in a full-scale war, the IDF would have to rely on a civilian agency to keep tabs on the movements of soldiers, who would have no direct contact with the soldiers, according the statement.
It is not clear whether the IDF will seek to develop an algorithm to track soldiers’ movement within its own territory.
However, military officials have said the database could help soldiers to detect and track militants, or militants they encounter while patrolling or in battle.
While a major factor that will decide whether or not the army will seek an algorithm is the IDF Chief of Staff, Avner Azulay, who is also a professor of computer science at Tel Aviv University, has publicly expressed concerns over the military’s decision to use the Eltahon database.
Azulay has argued that the E-Elta database is a “bad idea” and that the database will lead to soldiers losing the ability to distinguish between real threats and false alarms.
Azula said in an interview with The Jerusalem Report that he was not concerned about the algorithm’s potential impact on soldiers, since the IDF has already used the Eta-Ephaler database in its search for possible soldiers to take into Gaza.
But he added that the algorithm would also have an impact on a soldier’s ability to cope with other situations in the military, such an extended stay in a combat zone, in which soldiers will be exposed to hostile environments and be unable to effectively communicate with each other.